Sunday, 11 November 2018
The Grace of Law
The Judaizers didn’t appreciate that the whole purpose of the law was up point out sin – not to be followed for its own sake. Rather, Paul says, “So then, the law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith” (chapter 3, verse 24). We are not to be critical and judgemental but to see the love and grace shown in both the law and Christ’s fulfilment of the law.
An intense focus on the law, on right and wrong, may seem noble but it can completely distract us. We should be focusing our attention on Jesus, on who he is – on how the Law, Jesus’s sacrifice and how the entire body of scripture points to and gives glory to God – and we must do likewise.
Sunday, 4 November 2018
So what’s the point of the law?
“Why then the law? It was added because of transgressions, until the offspring should come to whom the promise had been made, and it was put in place through angels by an intermediary.” (verse 19)
To reject the false, we need to know the true. Paul argues from truth, from scripture, to demonstrate to the Galatians the real purpose of the law and its place in God’s overriding story of grace. The law did not set aside any of God’s previous purposes; it acted to highlight sin and to prepare the way for the One who would conquer sin.
Sunday, 28 October 2018
Law’s Curse, Faith’s Blessing
The person who relies on the law is not operating in faith. That person can not please God. Law demands complete obedience to the whole law. Breaking just one law results in the curse of God as if every law was broken. The law brings curse, not blessing.
The just shall live by faith in Christ. Jesus, through his shameful death, crucifixion, took the full weight of shame and guilt that the law would impose on us. The curse is removed and we receive that benefit through accepting his sacrifice through faith in him.
Apologies for the poor audio quality for the first 41 seconds of the sermon.